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* In the trailer for ''VideoGame/DarksidersGenesis'', [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Malgros the Defiler]] tells [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Strife]] he has until the count of three before he kills him, and feeds his corpse to his minions. After "one", Strife pulls out his pistols and [[BoomHeadshot ventilates two of Malgros' heads]], calling "two" and "three" with his shots.


--> '''Shere Khan:''' One...two...three... ''[peeks and sees Mowgli wielding a branch]'' four... You're trying my patience. Fivesixseveneight, nine, ''ten! ROAR!''

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--> '''Shere Khan:''' One...two...three... ''[peeks and sees Mowgli wielding a branch]'' four... You're trying my patience. Fivesixseveneight, nine, ''ten! ROAR!''''ten!'' *ROAR!*


* Sinisterly subverted as per above in the Creator/CharlesLaughton version of ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. When confronted with a begger who refuses to pay his share into the common fund, Clopin gives him to the count of three to reconsider -- and stabs him ''just as he says'', "Three."

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* Sinisterly subverted as per above in the Creator/CharlesLaughton version of ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.''[[Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]''. When confronted with a begger who refuses to pay his share into the common fund, Clopin gives him to the count of three to reconsider -- and stabs him ''just as he says'', "Three."



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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. In "Roberta's Blood Trail" the PowerTrio of {{Action Girl}}s are about to attack the American special forces on the count of three, but the Russian Mafia snipers shoot their weapons from their hands.
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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. In "Roberta's Blood Trail" the PowerTrio of {{Action Girl}}s are about to attack the American special forces on the count of three, but the Russian Mafia snipers shoot their weapons from their hands.

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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. In "Roberta's Blood Trail" the PowerTrio of {{Action Girl}}s are about to attack the American special forces on the count of three, but the Russian Mafia snipers shoot their weapons from their hands.

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-->"One." Left claw [[AudibleSharpness *[=SNIKTs=]*]] out.
-->"Two." Right claw [[AudibleSharpness *[=SNIKTs=]*]] out.
-->The victim usually begins singing before he gets to three.

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-->"One." Left ''[Left claw [[AudibleSharpness *[=SNIKTs=]*]] out.
-->"Two.
out.]''\\
"Two.
" Right ''[Right claw [[AudibleSharpness *[=SNIKTs=]*]] out.
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victim usually begins singing before he gets to three.

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* In ''Fanfic/AloneTogether'', Will Du thinks he has Shego cornered and announces that he's coming in on the count of ten. He counts to two, bursts in, and tasers [[DecoyGetaway a green neon sign Shego left to cover her retreat]].



* In ''Fanfic/AloneTogether'', Will Du thinks he has Shego cornered and announces that he's coming in on the count of ten. He counts to two, bursts in, and tasers [[DecoyGetaway a green neon sign Shego left to cover her retreat]].




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* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': [[spoiler: Roarke]] gives the Atlantean King to the count of ten to show him where the Heart of Atlantis is hidden.
--> [[spoiler: '''Roarke:''']] One...two...''[[OneTwoSkipAFew nine]]''...te- ''[EurekaMoment]''



* At the climax of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', when Mowgli finally comes face to face with Shere Khan, the tiger decides to toy with him a bit by closing his eyes and counting to ten because "it makes the chase more interesting."
--> '''Shere Khan:''' One...two...three... ''[peeks and sees Mowgli wielding a branch]'' four... You're trying my patience. Fivesixseveneight, nine, ''ten! ROAR!''



-->'''Timon''': Young lion, get down from there!
-->'''Simba''': Yahoo! All right! Hey, you guys look like ants down there!
-->'''Timon''': I'm counting to three!
-->''(Simba jumps onto a weak branch, it breaks)''
-->'''Pumbaa''': Uh oh!
-->''(Simba continues to fall)''
-->'''Timon''': One! Two!
-->''(Pumbaa jumps onto Timon, making a pillow for Simba to land on)''
-->'''Timon''': ''(Gasping for air)'' Threeeeee.
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': [[spoiler: Roarke]] gives the Atlantean King to the count of ten to show him where the Heart of Atlantis is hidden.
--> [[spoiler: '''Roarke:''' One...two...''[[OneTwoSkipAFew nine]]''...te-(EurekaMoment)]]
* At the climax of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', when Mowgli finally comes face to face with Shere Khan, the tiger decides to toy with him a bit by closing his eyes and counting to ten because "it makes the chase more interesting."
--> '''Shere Khan:''' One...two...three... ''(peeks and sees Mowgli wielding a branch)'' four... You're trying my patience. Fivesixseveneight, nine, ''ten!'' *ROAR!*

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-->'''Timon''': Young lion, get down from there!
-->'''Simba''':
there!\\
'''Simba''':
Yahoo! All right! Hey, you guys look like ants down there!
-->'''Timon''':
there!\\
'''Timon''':
I'm counting to three!
-->''(Simba
three!\\
''[Simba
jumps onto a weak branch, it breaks)''
-->'''Pumbaa''':
breaks]''\\
'''Pumbaa''':
Uh oh!
-->''(Simba
oh!\\
''[Simba
continues to fall)''
-->'''Timon''':
fall]''\\
'''Timon''':
One! Two!
-->''(Pumbaa
Two!\\
''[Pumbaa
jumps onto Timon, making a pillow for Simba to land on)''
-->'''Timon''': ''(Gasping
on]''\\
'''Timon''': ''[Gasping
for air)'' Threeeeee.
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': [[spoiler: Roarke]] gives the Atlantean King to the count of ten to show him where the Heart of Atlantis is hidden.
--> [[spoiler: '''Roarke:''' One...two...''[[OneTwoSkipAFew nine]]''...te-(EurekaMoment)]]
* At the climax of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', when Mowgli finally comes face to face with Shere Khan, the tiger decides to toy with him a bit by closing his eyes and counting to ten because "it makes the chase more interesting."
--> '''Shere Khan:''' One...two...three... ''(peeks and sees Mowgli wielding a branch)'' four... You're trying my patience. Fivesixseveneight, nine, ''ten!'' *ROAR!*
air]'' Threeeeee.




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* King Arthur is given very specific instructions from [[Literature/TheBible The Book of Armaments]] as to how to count to three in Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail:
-->[[HollywoodApocrypha And the Lord spake, saying, "First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once at the number three, being the third number to be reached, then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it."]]
** Yet as the page quote indicates, he still manages to botch it. Luckily, their target (the KillerRabbit) got blown up anyway.

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* King Arthur is given very specific instructions from [[Literature/TheBible The Book of Armaments]] as ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] had been hired to how to count to three in Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail:
-->[[HollywoodApocrypha And
steal Bruce Wayne's fingerprints. When the Lord spake, saying, "First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number man who hired her looks like he's renaging on his side of the deal...
-->'''Selina:''' I don't know what you're planning to do with Mr Wayne's prints, but... I'm guessing you need his thumb. You don't count so good, huh?\\
'''Stryver:''' I count fine. ''[mook puts a gun to Selina's head]'' In fact I'm
counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is ten, right out. Once at the number three, being the third number to be reached, then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it."]]
** Yet as the page quote indicates, he still manages to botch it. Luckily, their target (the KillerRabbit) got blown up anyway.
now.



* Used very well in 1989's ''The Dream Team''. The bad guy's got a gun on the girl when Michael Keaton comes up from behind pointing a gun at the bad guy's head.
-->'''Bad Guy:''' I'm a police officer. Drop the gun.\\
'''Keaton :''' I'm a mental patient. I'm not impressed.\\
'''Bad Guy:''' I'm going to count to three.\\
'''Keaton :''' ''[pulls hammer back]'' I'm not even going to count. Gimme the gun. ''[beat]'' GIMME THE GUN!
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'', Peter Venkmann tries this to get Zuul to release its hold on Dana's body. It doesn't work.



* Repeatedly {{Subverted}} in ''Film/SpaceCowboys''. As a RunningGag and plot point, both sides would agree to a three-count, then immediately shout "Three!"
* Played for drama in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''. After rescuing Latika, the love of Jamal's life, Salim [[spoiler: attempts to rape her]]. When Jamal [[BerserkButton protests]], Salim holds a gun up to his brother's head and tells him to leave before the count of three. "One." Jamal doesn't move. "Two." Jamal doesn't move. "Three." [[spoiler: Latika lowers the gun herself and tells Jamal to go, letting Salim sleep with her to save his life]].

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* Repeatedly {{Subverted}} in ''Film/SpaceCowboys''. As a RunningGag Happens and plot point, played with in both sides would agree to a three-count, then immediately shout "Three!"
* Played for drama in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''. After rescuing Latika,
of the love of Jamal's life, Salim [[spoiler: attempts to rape her]]. When Jamal [[BerserkButton protests]], Salim holds a gun up to his brother's head and tells him to leave before first two ''Film/HomeAlone'' movies, through the films Kevin watches (and plays back to unsuspecting people he's trying to convince to leave). The first movie has a count of three. "One." Jamal doesn't move. "Two." Jamal doesn't move. "Three." [[spoiler: Latika lowers ten that goes: "One... two... ''ten! [gunfire]''" and the gun herself and tells Jamal to go, letting Salim sleep with her to save his life]].second, a count of three: "One... two... ''[gunfire]'' three."



* In the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' series, this is played with as Riggs and Murtough discuss if it's 1, 2, 3, then go, or go ''on'' 3.
* ''Film/{{Logan}}''. The baddie cowboy messing with the farm's water pipes, does a DramaticGunCock and says he will count to three for Munson and [[MuggingTheMonster Logan]] to walk away. He only gets to "two" before Logan takes the rifle off him, butt-strokes him in the face with it, then [[SuperStrength breaks it over his knee]].
* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. Max has to start a fight with [[TheDividual Masterblaster]] as a pretext to getting into Thunderdome, the arena where anyone can be legally killed. Things don't start well when GiantMook Blaster grabs Max in a NeckLift.
-->'''Master:''' Blaster, in three seconds, break neck. One...two...th--\\
''[ClickHello from Aunty's enforcers who [[ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind intervene just in time]]]''
* King Arthur is given very specific instructions from [[Literature/TheBible The Book of Armaments]] as to how to count to three in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'':
-->[[HollywoodApocrypha And the Lord spake, saying, "First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once at the number three, being the third number to be reached, then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it."]]
** Yet as the page quote indicates, he still manages to botch it. Luckily, their target (the KillerRabbit) got blown up anyway.
* In ''Film/TheMonumentsMen'' Lt Granger [[LandMineGoesClick steps off a land mine]] on one [[CatScare giving everyone a fright when the detonator goes off but not the explosive]]. He later says he was too scared to wait for three.
* PlayedForDrama in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''. After rescuing Latika, the love of Jamal's life, Salim [[spoiler: attempts to rape her]]. When Jamal [[BerserkButton protests]], Salim holds a gun up to his brother's head and tells him to leave before the count of three. "One." Jamal doesn't move. "Two." Jamal doesn't move. "Three." [[spoiler: Latika lowers the gun herself and tells Jamal to go, letting Salim sleep with her to save his life]].
* ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'': In the "Tar Baby" story, Br'er Rabbit threatens to attack the silent Tar Baby unless it responds to him by the count of three. As Br'er Fox eagerly waits for his plan to work, he gets frustrated when Br'er Rabbit counts "two-and-a-half".
* Repeatedly {{Subverted}} in ''Film/SpaceCowboys''. As a RunningGag and plot point, both sides would agree to a three-count, then immediately shout "Three!"



--> Simmons: I'm gonna count to five, okay-
--> Lennox: Yeah, well, I'm gonna count to ''three''. *cocks his pistol and aims it point-blank at Simmons' chest*
* Happens and played with in both of the first two ''Film/HomeAlone'' movies, through the films Kevin watches (and plays back to unsuspecting people he's trying to convince to leave). The first movie has a count of ten that goes: "One... two... ''ten!'' *gunfire*" and the second, a count of three: "One... two... *gunfire* three."
* Used very well in 1989's ''The Dream Team''. The bad guy's got a gun on the girl when Michael Keaton comes up from behind pointing a gun at the bad guy's head.
--> '''Bad Guy:''' I'm a police officer. Drop the gun.
--> '''Keaton :''' I'm a mental patient. I'm not impressed.
--> '''Bad Guy:''' I'm going to count to three.
--> '''Keaton :''' [pulls hammer back] I'm not even going to count. Gimme the gun. [beat] GIMME THE GUN!
* In the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' series, this is played with as Riggs and Murtough discuss if it's 1,2,3 then go, or go ON 3.
* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. Max has to start a fight with [[TheDividual Masterblaster]] as a pretext to getting into Thunderdome, the arena where anyone can be legally killed. Things don't start well when GiantMook Blaster grabs Max in a NeckLift.
-->'''Master:''' Blaster, in three seconds, break neck. One...two...th--
-->''(ClickHello from Aunty's enforcers [[ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind intervene just in time]])''

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--> Simmons: -->'''Simmons:''' I'm gonna count to five, okay-
--> Lennox:
okay-\\
'''Lennox:'''
Yeah, well, I'm gonna count to ''three''. *cocks ''[cocks his pistol and aims it point-blank at Simmons' chest*
chest]''
* Happens and played with in both of the first two ''Film/HomeAlone'' movies, through the films Kevin watches (and plays back to unsuspecting people he's trying to convince to leave). The first movie has a count of ten that goes: "One... two... ''ten!'' *gunfire*" and the second, a count of three: "One... two... *gunfire* three."
* Used very well in 1989's ''The Dream Team''. The bad guy's got a gun on the girl when Michael Keaton comes up from behind pointing a gun at the bad guy's head.
--> '''Bad Guy:''' I'm a police officer. Drop the gun.
--> '''Keaton :''' I'm a mental patient. I'm not impressed.
--> '''Bad Guy:''' I'm going to count to three.
--> '''Keaton :''' [pulls hammer back] I'm not even going to count. Gimme the gun. [beat] GIMME THE GUN!
* In the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' series,
''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''. Film/JamesBond does this is played with as Riggs and Murtough discuss if it's 1,2,3 then go, or go ON 3.
* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. Max has to start
while interrogating a fight with [[TheDividual Masterblaster]] as a pretext to getting into Thunderdome, man at gunpoint. As the arena where anyone man is a banker he asks sarcastically, "You can be legally killed. Things don't start well when GiantMook Blaster grabs Max in a NeckLift.
-->'''Master:''' Blaster, in three seconds, break neck. One...two...th--
-->''(ClickHello from Aunty's enforcers [[ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind intervene just in time]])''
do that, can't you?"



* ''Film/{{Logan}}''. The baddie cowboy messing with the farm's water pipes, does a DramaticGunCock and says he will count to three for Munson and [[MuggingTheMonster Logan]] to walk away. He only gets to "two" before Logan takes the rifle off him, butt-strokes him in the face with it, then [[SuperStrength breaks it over his knee]].
* In ''Film/TheMonumentsMen'' Lt Granger [[LandMineGoesClick steps off a land mine]] on one [[CatScare giving everyone a fright when the detonator goes off but not the explosive]]. He later says he was too scared to wait for three.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] had been hired to steal Bruce Wayne's fingerprints. When the man who hired her looks like he's renaging on his side of the deal...
-->'''Selina:''' I don't know what you're planning to do with Mr Wayne's prints, but... I'm guessing you need his thumb. You don't count so good, huh?
-->'''Stryver:''' I count fine. ''(mook puts a gun to Selina's head)'' In fact I'm counting to ten, right now.
* ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''. Film/JamesBond does this while interrogating a man at gunpoint. As the man is a banker he asks sarcastically, "You can do that, can't you?"
* ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'': In the "Tar Baby" story, Br'er Rabbit threatens to attack the silent Tar Baby unless it responds to him by the count of three. As Br'er Fox eagerly waits for his plan to work, he gets frustrated when Br'er Rabbit counts "two-and-a-half".
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'', Peter Venkmann tries this to get Zuul to release its hold on Dana's body. It doesn't work.


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* ''Film/{{Logan}}''. The baddie cowboy messing with the farm's water pipes, does a DramaticGunCock and says he will count to three for Munson and [[MuggingTheMonster Logan]] to walk away. He only gets to "two" before Logan takes the rifle off him, butt-strokes him in the face with it, then [[SuperStrength breaks it over his knee]].
* In ''Film/TheMonumentsMen'' Lt Granger [[LandMineGoesClick steps off a land mine]] on one [[CatScare giving everyone a fright when the detonator goes off but not the explosive]]. He later says he was too scared to wait for three.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] had been hired to steal Bruce Wayne's fingerprints. When the man who hired her looks like he's renaging on his side of the deal...
-->'''Selina:''' I don't know what you're planning to do with Mr Wayne's prints, but... I'm guessing you need his thumb. You don't count so good, huh?
-->'''Stryver:''' I count fine. ''(mook puts a gun to Selina's head)'' In fact I'm counting to ten, right now.
* ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''. Film/JamesBond does this while interrogating a man at gunpoint. As the man is a banker he asks sarcastically, "You can do that, can't you?"
* ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'': In the "Tar Baby" story, Br'er Rabbit threatens to attack the silent Tar Baby unless it responds to him by the count of three. As Br'er Fox eagerly waits for his plan to work, he gets frustrated when Br'er Rabbit counts "two-and-a-half".
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'', Peter Venkmann tries this to get Zuul to release its hold on Dana's body. It doesn't work.


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-->'''Cohen:''' I will count to three. One. Two. ''([[GroinAttack knees the guy in the groin]])'' Three.

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-->'''Cohen:''' I will count to three. One. Two. ''([[GroinAttack ''[[[GroinAttack knees the guy in the groin]])'' groin]]]'' Three.




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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', uses a count-down version of this trope as a warning of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMHHWfSe4TE#t=5m25s death by bazooka]]:
-->Brian: Right, you've got five seconds...Where are the fillings? [slowly] Five, four, three, two, one, Zero! Zero! Oh! Hah! Forgot to fire it!
* This fits perfectly with the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, as seen in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''
-->Jack Bauer: I am going to ask you one last time. Who are your co-conspirators? You have until the count of three, or I will kill you.

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\n[[AC:LiveActionTV]]\n* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', uses a count-down version of this trope as a warning of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMHHWfSe4TE#t=5m25s death by bazooka]]:\n-->Brian: Right, you've got five seconds...Where are the fillings? [slowly] Five, four, three, two, one, Zero! Zero! Oh! Hah! Forgot to fire it!\n[[/folder]]

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* This fits perfectly with the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, as seen in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''
-->Jack Bauer:
''Series/TwentyFour''
-->'''Jack Bauer:'''
I am going to ask you one last time. Who are your co-conspirators? You have until the count of three, or I will kill you.



* ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
** The episode "Gambit" opens with a disgruntled patient who's going to shoot a BackAlleyDoctor on the count of three. The doctor's bodyguard shoots the gun [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands from his hand]] on two.
--->'''Doctor:''' Thanks. Next time don't leave it so late.
** In "Hostage", a criminal takes Cally hostage and orders Jenna at gunpoint to teleport them both down to the planet on the count of three. On two Cally kicks him [[GroinAttack in the groin]] and Jenna [[TeleFrag teleports him into space instead]].
** In "Powerplay", Vila realises he's BeingWatched, so starts to order a non-existent squad of troops into position, commanding them to attack on the count of ten. When nothing happens, [[FailedAttemptAtDrama he starts his count again]].



-->'''Angel:''' I ''knew'' you were going to do that.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Waking Moments" hostile aliens use a device to make the crew fall asleep. Chakotay tells an alien to shut off the device at gunpoint. He starts to count down from five and [[FailedAttemptAtDrama falls asleep on two]].
* An episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' had Lois enter a room, walk to the center and announce that she knew exactly where Dewey is hiding and that he'd better come out by the count of [3/10 don't recall exactly]. Then she counts down, waits a second, and [[HowDidYouKnowIDidnt goes to do that until she hits the room where he is]].

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-->'''Angel:''' --->'''Angel:''' I ''knew'' you were going to do that.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Waking Moments" hostile aliens use a device to make the crew fall asleep. Chakotay tells an alien to shut off the device at gunpoint. He starts to count down from five and [[FailedAttemptAtDrama falls asleep on two]].
* An episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' had Lois enter a room, walk to the center and announce that she knew exactly where Dewey is hiding and that he'd better come out by the count of [3/10 don't recall exactly]. Then she counts down, waits a second, and [[HowDidYouKnowIDidnt goes to do that until she hits the room where he is]].
that.



* ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
** The episode "Gambit" opens with a disgruntled patient who's going to shoot a BackAlleyDoctor on the count of three. The doctor's bodyguard shoots the gun [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands from his hand]] on two.
-->'''Doctor:''' Thanks. Next time don't leave it so late.
** In "Hostage", a criminal takes Cally hostage and orders Jenna at gunpoint to teleport them both down to the planet on the count of three. On two Cally kicks him [[GroinAttack in the groin]] and Jenna [[TeleFrag teleports him into space instead]].
** In "Powerplay", Vila realises he's BeingWatched, so starts to order a non-existent squad of troops into position, commanding them to attack on the count of ten. When nothing happens, [[FailedAttemptAtDrama he starts his count again]].

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
** The
An episode "Gambit" opens with of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' had Lois enter a disgruntled patient who's going room, walk to shoot a BackAlleyDoctor on the center and announce that she knew exactly where Dewey is hiding and that he'd better come out by the count of three. The doctor's bodyguard shoots 3. Then she counts down, waits a second, and [[HowDidYouKnowIDidnt goes to do that until she hits the gun [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands from his hand]] on two.
-->'''Doctor:''' Thanks. Next time don't leave it so late.
** In "Hostage", a criminal takes Cally hostage and orders Jenna at gunpoint to teleport them both down to the planet on the count of three. On two Cally kicks him [[GroinAttack in the groin]] and Jenna [[TeleFrag teleports him into space instead]].
** In "Powerplay", Vila realises he's BeingWatched, so starts to order a non-existent squad of troops into position, commanding them to attack on the count of ten. When nothing happens, [[FailedAttemptAtDrama
room where he starts his count again]].is]].




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\n[[AC:OralTradition]]* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', uses a count-down version of this trope as a warning of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMHHWfSe4TE#t=5m25s death by bazooka]]:
-->'''Brian:''' Right, you've got five seconds...Where are the fillings? ''[slowly]'' Five, four, three, two, one, Zero! Zero! Oh! Hah! Forgot to fire it!
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Waking Moments" hostile aliens use a device to make the crew fall asleep. Chakotay tells an alien to shut off the device at gunpoint. He starts to count down from five and [[FailedAttemptAtDrama falls asleep on two]].
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** "You have untill I count to ten. I'm counting by fives/ in binary".
** *bang* One. Two. Three.

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** "You have untill until I count to ten. I'm counting by fives/ in fives[=/=]in binary".
** *bang* ''[bang]'' One. Two. Three.

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* In ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', Margaret uses her magnetic powers to keep Irene in place and repeatedly demand information out of her that Irene doesn't have. Feeling her anger bubble up, Irene starts counting down from ten- when she reaches zero, she plans to [[BodyHorror manipulate Margaret's throat muscles just enough to make her lose consciousness]]. It's perhaps for the best that they were interrupted before she could count down fully.
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* In ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}},'' Axonn gives Reidak five seconds to put that rock down and leave in one piece. "One...two...FIVE!" *throws axe*

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* In ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}},'' Axonn gives Reidak five seconds to put that rock down and leave in one piece. "One...
-->"One...
two...FIVE!" *throws axe*

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''[throws axe]''
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Batman will occasionally threaten Riddler informants this way in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''.
-->'''Batman:''' I'm going to count to ''one'', and then I get mad.\\
'''Informant:''' You wanna know about Riddler?! I know ''lots'' about Riddler!\\
'''Batman:''' Thanks. ''[knocks him out anyway]''



* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': JC Denton does this to a punk for harassing a lady.



* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': JC Denton does this to a punk for harassing a lady.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'': At the end of the game, [[spoiler: konrad]] has you at gunpoint. On the count of five, he will shoot you. Before he does, you have the choice of shooting him or [[spoiler: yourself]].
* Batman will occasionally threaten Riddler informants this way in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''.
---> '''Batman:''' I'm going to count to ''one'', and then I get mad.
---> '''Informant:''' You wanna know about Riddler?! I know ''lots'' about Riddler!
---> '''Batman:''' Thanks. ''(knocks him out anyway)''

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* In {{WebVideo/Jerma985}}'s video, 'CS:GO Jailbreak: Grandpa Takes Control!', Grandpa, playing a warden, spotted a prisoner who went down the ramp without his permission and he gave the prisoner on a count to five or he will get shot. Of course, this being Grandpa, he got stuck to saying 3 three times during the countdown.


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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapped in the Closet"
-->I'm gonna give you a count to three to open this closet door. One - I'm gonna shoot you both; Two - I'm gonna cap some bitch. Three...

-->"Two and [[UsefulNotes/PowersOfTwoMinusOne two hundred fifty-five two hundred fifty-sixths]]..."
* A favorite of the team in WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters, compared to their [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters predecessors]]:
-->'''One of them:''' On the count of three!
-->'''Altogether:''' '''THREE!'''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Problem with Popplers", Nd-Nd, (an alien from the planet Omicron Persei 8) does something like this:
-->'''Nd-Nd:''' Little one, get out of there. I'm going to count to blorx!
-->'''Little Omicronian:''' But, elder one--
-->''(Nd-Nd starts counting off her fingers)''
-->'''Nd-Nd:''' Flingle ... glorg ... glorg and a gloob...
* In one ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' sketch, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Yosemite Sam were about to duel. Bugs counted off to 10, but stretched the count between 9 and 10 with crazy fractions just long enough to get Sam into the street to be hit by a bus.
--> '''Bugs''': (checks his watch) Eeeeeyep, she's right on time!
--> '''Sam''': (dazed) Ooh, what a night...
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Cowboy Stackhouse gives Jimmy to the count of three to get out of the house with [[CompanionCube Sandy]]. Luckily, Jimmy gets out right on three.
* The "Two and three quarters" variation shows up in a ''[[WesternAnimation/KaBlam Prometheus and Bob]]'' sketch.
* Happened once on ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs''. Louie said "two and a half" twice, the cheater.
* In ''Disney/GoliathII'', when the mouse has managed to scare off all the elephants except for Goliath II, the mouse tells him sternly that if he does not run away by the time he counts to three, "I'LL TEAR YA TO SHREDS!!!" Then he starts counting, all the while warning Goliath to run while he can. When the mouse reaches three and sees that Goliath had defiantly stood his ground, the mouse shouts, "OKAY -- YOU ASKED FOR IT, BUSTER!!!!!" and charges at him, and they get into a tussle.

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* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': JC Denton does this to a punk for harassing a lady.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'': At the end of the game, [[spoiler: konrad]] Konrad]] has you at gunpoint. On the count of five, he will shoot you. Before he does, you have the choice of shooting him or [[spoiler: yourself]].
* Batman will occasionally threaten Riddler informants this way in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''.
---> '''Batman:''' I'm going to count to ''one'', and then I get mad.
---> '''Informant:''' You wanna know about Riddler?! I know ''lots'' about Riddler!
---> '''Batman:''' Thanks. ''(knocks him out anyway)''

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[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In {{WebVideo/Jerma985}}'s video, 'CS:GO video "CS:GO Jailbreak: Grandpa Takes Control!', Control!", Grandpa, playing a warden, spotted a prisoner who went down the ramp without his permission and he gave the prisoner on a count to five or he will get shot. Of course, this being Grandpa, he got stuck to saying 3 three times during the countdown.


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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapped in the Closet"
-->I'm gonna give you a count to three to open this closet door. One - I'm gonna shoot you both; Two - I'm gonna cap some bitch. Three...

-->"Two and [[UsefulNotes/PowersOfTwoMinusOne two hundred fifty-five two hundred fifty-sixths]]..."
* A favorite of the team in WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters, compared to their [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters predecessors]]:
-->'''One of them:''' On the count of three!
-->'''Altogether:''' '''THREE!'''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Problem with Popplers", Nd-Nd, (an alien from the planet Omicron Persei 8) does something like this:
-->'''Nd-Nd:''' Little one, get out of there. I'm going to count to blorx!
-->'''Little Omicronian:''' But, elder one--
-->''(Nd-Nd starts counting off her fingers)''
-->'''Nd-Nd:''' Flingle ... glorg ... glorg and a gloob...
* In one ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' sketch, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Yosemite Sam were about to duel. Bugs counted off to 10, but stretched the count between 9 and 10 with crazy fractions just long enough to get Sam into the street to be hit by a bus.
--> '''Bugs''': (checks his watch) Eeeeeyep, she's right on time!
--> '''Sam''': (dazed) Ooh, what a night...
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Cowboy Stackhouse gives Jimmy to the count of three to get out of the house with [[CompanionCube Sandy]]. Luckily, Jimmy gets out right on three.
* The "Two and three quarters" variation shows up in a ''[[WesternAnimation/KaBlam Prometheus and Bob]]'' sketch.
* Happened once on ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs''. Louie said "two and a half" twice, the cheater.
* In ''Disney/GoliathII'', when the mouse has managed to scare off all the elephants except for Goliath II, the mouse tells him sternly that if he does not run away by the time he counts to three, "I'LL TEAR YA TO SHREDS!!!" Then he starts counting, all the while warning Goliath to run while he can. When the mouse reaches three and sees that Goliath had defiantly stood his ground, the mouse shouts, "OKAY -- YOU ASKED FOR IT, BUSTER!!!!!" and charges at him, and they get into a tussle.
countdown.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]



-->'''Charlie''': Itchy, on the count of three, run like a mad dog. ''(Guard dog gets close, and Charlie runs off)'' Three!
-->'''Itchy''': [[LampshadeHanging Hey, what happened to one and two?]]

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-->'''Charlie''': Itchy, on the count of three, run like a mad dog. ''(Guard ''[Guard dog gets close, and Charlie runs off)'' Three!
-->'''Itchy''':
off]'' Three!\\
'''Itchy''':
[[LampshadeHanging Hey, what happened to one and two?]]two?]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCrumpets'', one episode ends with Ms. [=McBrisk=] counting to three (including 2.8 and 2.9) to offer a punishment to her daughter Cassandra. At three, [[spoiler:she's unable to force her daughter to her bedroom because their house unfolds by opening the front door.]]
* When WesternAnimation/DangerMouse instigates a circumstance with an "after three" rule, he bypasses one and two and goes straight to three.



-->'''Wolf:''' Alright, you smart-alecs, I'm givin' y'all three to come out of there! ''One...''
-->''(the pups stick their arms out from under the door and [[PullingTheRugOut pull the rug out from under him]])''
-->'''Wolf:''' ''Two, three!''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} of course doesn't have the patience to play it straight, as shown in his EstablishingCharacterMoment.
-->'''Lobo:''' I'm givin' you geeks ten seconds before I frag everything in sight. One... TEN!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCrumpets'', one episode ends with Ms. [=McBrisk=] counting to three (including 2.8 and 2.9) to offer a punishment to her daughter Cassandra. At three, [[spoiler:she's unable to force her daughter to her bedroom because their house unfolds by opening the front door.]]

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-->'''Wolf:''' Alright, you smart-alecs, I'm givin' y'all three to come out of there! ''One...''
-->''(the
''\\
''[the
pups stick their arms out from under the door and [[PullingTheRugOut pull the rug out from under him]])''
-->'''Wolf:'''
him]]]''\\
'''Wolf:'''
''Two, three!''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} A favorite of course doesn't have the patience team in ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'', compared to play it straight, as shown in his EstablishingCharacterMoment.
-->'''Lobo:'''
their [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters predecessors]]:
-->'''One of them:''' On the count of three!\\
'''Altogether:''' '''THREE!'''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Problem with Popplers", Nd-Nd, (an alien from the planet Omicron Persei 8) does something like this:
-->'''Nd-Nd:''' Little one, get out of there.
I'm givin' you geeks ten seconds before I frag everything in sight. One... TEN!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCrumpets'', one episode ends with Ms. [=McBrisk=]
going to count to blorx!\\
'''Little Omicronian:''' But, elder one--\\
''[Nd-Nd starts
counting to three (including 2.8 off her fingers]''\\
'''Nd-Nd:''' Flingle ... glorg ... glorg
and 2.9) a gloob...
* In ''Disney/GoliathII'', when the mouse has managed
to offer a punishment scare off all the elephants except for Goliath II, the mouse tells him sternly that if he does not run away by the time he counts to her daughter Cassandra. At three, [[spoiler:she's unable "I'LL TEAR YA TO SHREDS!!!" Then he starts counting, all the while warning Goliath to force her daughter run while he can. When the mouse reaches three and sees that Goliath had defiantly stood his ground, the mouse shouts, "OKAY -- YOU ASKED FOR IT, BUSTER!!!!!" and charges at him, and they get into a tussle.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Cowboy Stackhouse gives Jimmy
to her bedroom because their the count of three to get out of the house unfolds by opening with [[CompanionCube Sandy]]. Luckily, Jimmy gets out right on three.
* Happened once on ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs''. Louie said "two and a half" twice,
the front door.]]cheater.



-->'''Soldier:''' Don't answer them! That's classified inform--! ''(Supergirl [[NeckLift grabs him]])''\\
'''Supergirl:''' I've just about had it with you guys! You've got to the count of five. One... four... ''([[RedEyesTakeWarning primes her heat vision]])''.\\

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-->'''Soldier:''' Don't answer them! That's classified inform--! ''(Supergirl ''[Supergirl [[NeckLift grabs him]])''\\
him]]]''\\
'''Supergirl:''' I've just about had it with you guys! You've got to the count of five. One... four... ''([[RedEyesTakeWarning ''[[[RedEyesTakeWarning primes her heat vision]])''.vision]]]''.\\



* When WesternAnimation/DangerMouse instigates a circumstance with an "after three" rule, he bypasses one and two and goes straight to three.

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* When WesternAnimation/DangerMouse instigates a circumstance In one ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' sketch, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Yosemite Sam were about to duel. Bugs counted off to 10, but stretched the count between 9 and 10 with an "after three" rule, he bypasses one crazy fractions just long enough to get Sam into the street to be hit by a bus.
--> '''Bugs''': ''[checks his watch]'' Eeeeeyep, she's right on time!\\
'''Sam''': ''[dazed]'' Ooh, what a night...
* The "Two
and three quarters" variation shows up in a ''[[WesternAnimation/KaBlam Prometheus and Bob]]'' sketch.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapped in the Closet"
-->I'm gonna give you a count to three to open this closet door. One - I'm gonna shoot you both; Two - I'm gonna cap some bitch. Three...\\
\\
"Two and [[UsefulNotes/PowersOfTwoMinusOne
two and goes straight hundred fifty-five two hundred fifty-sixths]]..."
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} of course doesn't have the patience
to three.

[[AC:{{Webcomics}}]]
play it straight, as shown in his EstablishingCharacterMoment.
-->'''Lobo:''' I'm givin' you geeks ten seconds before I frag everything in sight. One... TEN!
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''(opens fire)''\\

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''(opens fire)''\\''[opens fire]''\\




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"THREE!" *bang*

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"THREE!" *bang*''[bang]''


* When WesternAnimation/DangerMouse instigates a circumstance with a "on the count of three" rule, he bypasses one and two and goes straight to three.

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* When WesternAnimation/DangerMouse instigates a circumstance with a "on the count of an "after three" rule, he bypasses one and two and goes straight to three.



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* When WesternAnimation/DangerMouse instigates a circumstance with a "on the count of three" rule, he bypasses one and two and goes straight to three.



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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': In "Initiation", the heroes are trying to get information about a rampaging robot:
-->'''Soldier:''' Don't answer them! That's classified inform--! ''(Supergirl [[NeckLift grabs him]])''\\
'''Supergirl:''' I've just about had it with you guys! You've got to the count of five. One... four... ''([[RedEyesTakeWarning primes her heat vision]])''.\\
'''Captain Atom:''' I'd speak up if I were you.


* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', Peter Venkmann tries this to get Zuul to release its hold on Dana's body. It doesn't work.


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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'', Peter Venkmann tries this to get Zuul to release its hold on Dana's body. It doesn't work.




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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act VI'': In chapter 25, an [[CreatureHunterOrganization HDA officer]] does this; refusing to believe that the [[GiantFlyer rylo]] [[PowerOfTheStorm demon]] is ''not'' their pet and that Moka and co. aren't involved in the attack on the city, he gives them to the count of ten to either call it off or kill it before he just has his men gun them all down, and only then will they listen to anything they have to say. Just as he reaches ten, Astreal, aided by [[RealityWarper Hex's power]], manifests the powerful [[EnergyBow Artimus Arrow]] and [[OneHitKill shoots the rylo down]]. The HDA gives in at that, and the director agrees to meet with Moka to talk things out.




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\n* On an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Winchester storms into Rosie's bar, furious to find out that Hawkeye and BJ are in the middle of a drunken party when they're supposed to be relieving him for Officer of the Day duties. He announces that he is "going to count to one." Unfortunately, he doesn't even get that far before the other officers [[DisproportionateRetribution hog-tie and gag him]].




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\n* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', Peter Venkmann tries this to get Zuul to release its hold on Dana's body. It doesn't work.


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* ''Film/{{Logan}}''. The baddie cowboy messing with the farm's water pipes, does a DramaticGunCock and says he will count to three for Munson and [[MuggingTheMonster Logan]] to walk away. He only gets to "two" before Logan takes the rifle off him, butt-strokes him in the face with it, then [[SuperStrength breaks it over his knee]].


* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. Max has to start a fight with Masterblaster, as a pretext to getting him into Thunderdome, the arena where he can be legally killed. Things don't start well when GiantMook Blaster grabs him in a NeckLift.

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* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. Max has to start a fight with Masterblaster, [[TheDividual Masterblaster]] as a pretext to getting him into Thunderdome, the arena where he anyone can be legally killed. Things don't start well when GiantMook Blaster grabs him Max in a NeckLift.


* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. [[ComicBooks/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] had been hired to steal Bruce Wayne's fingerprints. When the man who hired her looks like he's renaging on his side of the deal...

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. [[ComicBooks/{{Catwoman}} [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] had been hired to steal Bruce Wayne's fingerprints. When the man who hired her looks like he's renaging on his side of the deal...


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"Don't try do defy me! This technique is very effective. Parents, especially SitCom parents, use this technique to keep their kids in line all the time! And it's most definitely based on a very effective [[TruthInTelevision real-life]] technique! Sure, the kids always defy their parents at one, but then we get to..."

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"Don't try do to defy me! This technique is very effective. Parents, especially SitCom parents, use this technique to keep their kids in line all the time! And it's most definitely based on a very effective [[TruthInTelevision real-life]] technique! Sure, the kids always defy their parents at one, but then we get to..."


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* In ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}},'' Axonn gives Reidak five seconds to put that rock down and leave in one piece. "One...two...FIVE!" *throws axe*

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